Do You Attend Church?

@Swtrose (3399)
Canada
May 17, 2007 5:21pm CST
I consider myself a Christian, but don't attend church. Up until about 12 years ago, I attended church on a regular basis. Then, I left the church I was attending. I have gone to church maybe four times in the last 12 years. I can't say that I'll never go back to church, it is just that I don't believe not going to church makes you any less of a Christian. Do you attend church or worship services?
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@lightningMD (5937)
• United States
17 May 07
Yes,we go to Church. We rarely miss a Sunday. I love our church we have many great friends there. They are always willing to help out. They are helping us move on the 25th. We didnt even ask for help,but a few guys with trucks approached us and offered. The church we attend is Church of Christ. We are actually moving just to be closer to our church. So that our daughter can be more involved in the youth activities.
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17 May 07
My sister in law attends church regularly but when it did not suit her to stick by her husband she just abandoned her vows and threw him out of his own house. I feel that she only attends church so that she can get absolved for any sins she did during the week. Personally I see it the other way around. I feel that God is with me whereever I am and knows that I have been good and helpful. I do not have to attend church every week so that the congregation can see me too.
@jlara_gtr34 (3493)
• Philippines
17 May 07
hmm, when i was still a kid, my family used to go to chirch regularly ecery Sunday. but now, things have changed. due to our busy schedules, we dont really have that much time to go to church. i mean, dont get me wrong, im not happy about this, im actually sad that we dont have much tie to go to church as one family anymore. sometimes, we go to mass but by ourselves because the family's schedule couldnt jive with another. but we do try hard to go to mass. :)
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• United States
17 May 07
I was very active in chruch as a child. I attended every Sunday morning and evening services and Wednesday night Awanas club. When I became pregnant at the age of 16 my church, the same church I had been a member of since I was 5 years old, shunned me. I received no support from anyone there, I only received dirty looks and silence. So much for Christian love. Several years later I guess there was a major fall-out inside the church. They had built a new building on land one of the decons donated. I am not sure exactly what happened since I refused to step back into the church, but for some reason the decon build a fence to seperate the church from his office/house that sat on the same land. Then he put up a portable marquee that said "how can you sleep at night knowing what you did?" This is just one of the many things that were wrong with the people in this church. They never said people of a different race weren't welcome but they sure did make sure they never came back by not welcoming them and making them uncomfortable. Sad to say but they made it an all white church... they would probably be spitting fire if they knew I was really half Native american. Anyway, my point is, I don't feel you need to go to church to be a christain and believe in God. Just because I don't sit in stuffy bulding filled with self-righteous, over-bearing, bigoted people doesn't make me any less of a christian. And may God bless those people from that church and forgive them for they know not what they do.
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• United States
17 May 07
Actually, I consider myself a Christian too, and I haven't been to church in 10 years. Yea, I've been maybe 5 times or something. I don't feel "comfortable" in churches... or at least all the ones that I have been to. I think that if you go somewhere to learn and worship about god, you should at least feel comfortable. I also feel that just to be a Christian and believe in god, it's NOT a requirement to go to church. Alot of people I know feel that they have to go to church, and if they don't go every time there is a service that they are going to hell. Church can be good, but also church is a good source of "brain-washing". I have seen this and I have had family members get sucked into their spells, so to speak. I dunno, I just think that if you don't go to church then its ok. As long as you believe in what you believe in, then you wont lose your faith. Or whatever... lol
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@Giabelle (59)
• Philippines
18 May 07
I am a Catholic and yes I do attend church on a regular basis not because I am required to do so but because I want to do it to give myself a break from my weekly duties and routine, I have to feed my soul and an hour is just a little fraction of my time. It's just like having to eat three square meals a day. It makes me full, grounded and spiritually alive. But I don't think not attending church will make you a lesser Christian, if the main purpose of going to church is because you are just forced or obliged , then it serves no purpose at all. Being Christians, we have different convictions in life, if you think what you're doing at the moment is doing you good physically, morally and spiritually, you don't harm or inflict pain in others , then no one can question you and your Christianity. Going to church is just one way of showing reverence to God and it doesn't hurt if you do it, it is a plus factor though as long as it is wholeheartedly done, there are many other ways , what is more important is your good heart and way living in the truest sense of being a Christian.
• Philippines
30 May 07
You're right, Giabelle, about feeding your soul and that an hour with God in His temple is just a little fraction of our time. I believe others who replied that "you can talk to God in the toilet" are just using this as an alibi or excuse not to go to Church. How blasphemous and irreverent to God to even say these things! I will pray for them that the Holy Spirit descend on them to give them the Gift of Wisdom, to know the truth about respect for God.
• United States
21 May 07
I have not gone to church in years but I still consider myself a Christian and I strongly believe in God. In my opinion, one doesn't have to go to church to believe in God and pray to Him. He's everywhere. I believe He's in my heart and that's what counts.
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@steney (1418)
• Philippines
19 May 07
I attend church on a regular basis ever since I was a kid. Being brought up in a Catholic family, we were raised to worship and devote an hour of our time each week to celebrate mass in the house of God. It's like paying Him a visit or attending a banquet on His honor. It's very seldom that I miss going to church. I feel that an hour a week is not even enough time to devote for worship considering all the great and small blessings that God has showered upon me and my family. I don't think that not going to church makes one less of a Christian, but attending church will enrich more one's experience of being a Christian.
@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
17 May 07
Christ on the Cross - This photograpgh depicts Christ on the Cross.....
We do not attend church either....at one time I was very active in the church....I agree that not attending a worship service in a formal setting affects the strength of your religious convictions.....
@misstree (241)
• United States
22 May 07
I believe the same way you do. I consider myself Christian as well, but I do not follow any rules, or attend a church. It doesn't make one any less of a christian. Greets!
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@misstree (241)
• United States
22 May 07
Oh I forgot to mention... for me, it's the personal relationship I have with Jesus/God that makes me whole enough.
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• United States
29 May 07
I believe the rules in the bible are the ones christians try to follow. Jesus stated pretty clearly that there are rules to live by. He also taught us how to pray and ask God for his blessings. If we forget to act as christians God will forgive us but if we knowingly ignore God then I dont believe we are being christian.
@sarah22 (3981)
• United States
23 May 07
yes, i am a christian and even thought i dont go every sunday, he the father knows who his disiples are. been a good christian is not only one that goes to church every sunday to make sure people can see them and say, oh, marry was here this sunday. its you own believing and doing Gods word.
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@bronie123 (4596)
• United States
22 May 07
I do evert once in a while but i truely believe in jesus I went to a baptist church when i was younger and hated it they thought only one way when my mom stopped going to that church i was happy she started attending a church of god and its nice there but i only go every once in a while. I consider myself christian also
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@g1j3cut (77)
• Philippines
22 May 07
~ i attend church but not regularly...cause i think you could pray in your own home jst like praying in the church...the good thing in praying in your home is you can consetrate more...
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@g3n3j0rd (721)
• Philippines
22 May 07
I know that there are some people in the church that could discourage us and would make us feel uncomfortable. There is no such thing as a perfect church. However, when we go to church we should not look on the people. Our focus should be on the Lord so we won't get discouraged. The Bible tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. It is through our fellowship with fellow believers that we could also be strengthened in our faith. I understand where you are coming from. I feel the same way when my family and I had to relocate. We prayed that we may be able to find a Bible-believing church that would help us grow and mature in our spiritual lives. It was not easy and indeed, there are churches that you won't feel welcome and comfortable. After a long search and lots of prayer, we did finally find our church and guess what, it's just a stone throw away from our house!
@accents (87)
• United States
18 May 07
I go to church regularly, every Sunday. It's hard since we've left our previous church and aren't completely decided on a new one. I think it's important to attend in order to worship and learn and be with other believers.
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@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
18 May 07
I used to attend church, I was brought up, programmed rather, as a Catholic. Then I did some homework and some soul-searching--the church is the people, God is everywhere. Besides, most Christians practice the Sabbath on the wrong day anyway. Sabbath is from dusk friday to dusk saturday.
• Philippines
18 May 07
I am a christian but i do'nt go to church often,and i dont see anything bad about it,i don'think it will make a person less christian if she's not attending mass or going to churh.It's a matter of attitude,the willingness to attend.I believe GOd is everywhere ican be with god anywhere,church is not the only place to worship God.besides if going to chuch doenst mean anything much just for the sake of attending,better yet staying at home and do my household stuff,rather than pretending to be a fanatic church goer.Its really a matter of attitude on how one look at.
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
18 May 07
I don't however I have had priests and nuns come to see me when I was ill for two years. They would come every week and bring me communion. If I were to live close by a Catholic church I would attend services, however, I am not driving now and the bus doesn't go near the church.
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@magikrose (5425)
• United States
18 May 07
When I wasa kid and living at home I didnt have a choice but to go to church. Now that I am older and no longer a christian I dont see point in going to building to worship when I can very easily do it from home or go to a park. If going to a building works for some great for them but for me it just dosnt work anymore.
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• United States
18 May 07
I don't go to church. I used to go to church a couple years ago, a youth group every wednesday. One day I stopped going and realized "religion", so to speak, should be decided on your own. I don't really believe in organized religion. I think it sways your own personal beliefs too much. YOu should make these opinions on your own and then maybe you can attend a church. Not going to church doesn't mean you love and believe in god any less than a person who goes everyday.